The 2018 Ford Focus RS is apparently the final hurrah for this generation of one of the fastest hot hatches in the world. Ford are planning an all-new Focus at some point in the future and this will be the final performance variant of this current generation. As you would expect from a car with ‘RS’ in the name, it won’t be going quietly!
The 2018 Ford Focus RS will be getting a few feature upgrades for next year to make it worth your while. There will be only 500 of these special editions available across Canada so you had better get your order in early if you want one.
2018 Ford Focus RS
The first special feature is the exterior colour, Nitrous Blue or Race Red. Both look amazing from the publicity shots and are usually premium upgrades. There will also be a black roof, side mirrors and rooftip spoiler too. A set of 19 inch alloy wheels will also differentiate this RS from previous versions.
Under that awesome looking bodywork there are some other treats in store too. A mechanical Quaife limited-slip differential will be present up front to help balance drive and steering. This addition is a premium option on previous models but will be standard on this one. While handling and cornering have never been an issue with the Focus RS, the limited-slip diff helps control the torque delivered to the front, keeping everything stable while under load.
On the inside, the 2018 Ford Focus RS gets new carbon fibre finishing trim across the door handles, handbrake, turbo gauge and elsewhere. Recaro seats will keep you comfortable while voice activated navigation will ensure you never get lost. There will also be a heated steering wheel and side mirrors and RS logos around the vehicle.
Under the hood of the 2018 Ford Focus RS is the same 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine as in other versions. It generates a healthy 350 hp which is sent to all wheels via Ford’s Performance All-Wheel Drive system with torque vectoring. With a 70/30 split favouring the rear, the new limited-slip diff can make a huge difference to handling.
“Our new limited-edition Focus RS represents accessible performance at its finest,” said Jamal Hameedi, Ford Performance chief engineer. “Improving on the thrilling driving dynamics of the Focus RS is no small task – but our Ford Performance engineers have delivered a drivetrain capable of wringing every drop of performance from the engine.”
The 2018 Ford Focus RS is expected late this year. Register your interest at Northway Ford Lincoln, 388 King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2 if you want one as they won’t stay around for long!